Detention (2012)

An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Shanley Caswell, Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Neither good enough to impress as a meta mashup of horror and comedy, nor bad enough to hoot and throw popcorn at, it slides into a gray area of unfocused ideas and unrealized potential.

Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

Here's another sardonic look at the hell of the American high school, where countless American filmmakers believe our souls are locked no matter how long it's been since we graduated.

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Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

Detention is unlike any teen slasher you've ever seen, or quite possibly will see. It's proof that fresh ideas and off the wall filmmaking are still a possibility in today's cinematic world.

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Richard Roeper

Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...

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Eric Melin

It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

There will be young moviegoers who proclaim this genius, and more stodgy audience members who find it torturous. If you're not tweeting and texting a combined 50 times or more per day, you're probably in the latter camp.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The Breakfast Club meets Scream in self-consciously quirky teen horror comedy mash-up Detention - with elements of Freaky Friday, Donnie Darko and a string of other movies thrown into the pot too.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
"The movie is messy with a lot of random shit happening. I didn't mind it though. I found it stupid, but also entertaining and funny. The movie is… More
Mario L McKellop
Veteran music video director and Torque helmer Joseph Khan is man with something to prove. First and foremost, he wants to prove that post-David Fincher/Scott… More
Kevin Cookman
I am fascinated by what this film is trying to be, failing at being, and actually is.
Dead Angel
This movie is ridiculous. It doesn't have any story. It's disgustingly done still I ended up liking it. Yes, I liked it a lot. Don't expect… More
KJ Proulx
I literally have no idea what this film is trying to accomplish, and the story makes absolutely no sense, but honestly it was kind of fun to watch. Josh… More
Tyler Christian
Felt like an offspring of Diablo Cody and Edgar Wright, and portrayed high school as if it were on speed and acid. Yet, I really enjoyed it for its meta-ness,… More